Despicable Me 2: The Sanctifying Power of Adoption

Review of Despicable Me 2, directed by Pierre Coffin and Chris RenaudBy Josiah & Carolyn DavisAdoption is a sort of salvation—saving orphans from orphanhood—so much so that the Bible talks of our “adoption” by God as part of our salvation from sin and death (Ephesians 1:5). However, in Despicable Me 2, there is a twist. Instead of the typical tale of a parent being the “savior,” the tables are turned. Despicable Me 2 presents the heartwarming story of adopted children who “save” their fat … [Read more...]

Smug Seuss Cinema Sells Story Short

Review of The Lorax, Directed by Chris Renaud and Kyle BaldaBy PAUL D. MILLERI am torn by movies like The Lorax (2012). It is a nicely-animated, moderately-fun kid’s movie with a pro-environment message. It is also horribly preachy. Why does environmentalism seem stuck in a stance of permanent sanctimony?Sneed-ville is a walled city so artificial that the trees are made of plastic. A boy decides he must find out what happened to the trees (to impress a girl, naturally). He wanders o … [Read more...]